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News release - Issued by York Museums Trust

Return of the Romans!

Eboracum Roman Festival


June 1-5 2016

The armies of ancient Rome are marching on York again this summer as part of a new festival complete with military parades, siege weapon demonstrations, guided walks and expert speakers.

The Eboracum Roman Festival will be based in the York Museum Gardens where there will be fighting displays and children’s army drills from members of six Roman Legions, a Roman camp showing domestic Roman life and stalls selling themed goods.

More than 50 of the Romans will march through the streets of York on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

A series of guided walks and talks by leading experts will take place at various venues around the city, including leading Egyptologist Jo Fletcher on discovering Ancient Egypt in Roman Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Museum, home some of Britain’s most treasured Roman artefacts, will be running various activities and workshops, including two events with bestselling children’s author Caroline Lawrence. Explore York Libraries and Archives are also hosting a number of talks by experts.

One of the festival sponsors, AOC Archaeology, will be creating a 3D scan of the Roman Multangular Tower in the Museum Gardens during the festival. Visitors to their tent can take part of in a range of activities with professional archaeologists using the latest technologies.

For more information on all the events, walks, talks and activities please visit:


Notes to editors:

The festival is being organised by York Museums Trust, Explore York Libraries and Archives, Make it York and The Roman Bath Museum and supported by John Hampshire, with additional sponsorship by AOC Archaeology.

For further Information contact Lee Clark, communications manager, telephone 01904 687673 or email